Monthly Archives: March 2020

Tombstone Tuesday – March 31, 2020 – Ada Crites


Ada Crites was the daughter of James and Ida (Larkin) Crites.  She was born on October 25, 1894 in Oklahoma. James and Ida had nine children; Maudie (1875), Ernest Ira (1877), Cyrus Bunn (1879), Cora Belle (1893), Ada (1894), Birdie Ellen (Ella) (1897), James Edward (1899), Oscar (1903), Opal (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Ada’s father, James, lists his occupation as a farmer. There are seven children listed in the Census. They are Maudie, Ernest Ira, Cryus, Cora Belle, Ada, Birdie, James.  By the 1910 Federal Census, James and Ida have two additional children; Oscar and Opal.

Ada married Clyde J Boatman on May 8, 1915 in Kingfisher Oklahoma. Ada and Clyde had sons, James (1916) and Glenn(1917) in the 1920 Federal Census. They lived in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  A local 1928 directory helps to place Ada and Clyde in Enid, Oklahoma.

In the 1925-1938 Voter Registration for Merced County, California shows Ada and her husband are registered Democrats. They live at Rout 1 Box 143A in Delhi, California.  In the Alhambra, California Directory, Clyde and his wife are found for 1937 and 1941. I do not find them in Census Records so I can’ t be sure when they left Oklahoma and went to California.

Seventy eight years ago today, Ada Boatman died in Merced County at the age of forty seven in California.  She is buried in Evergreen Memorial Park in Merced County.


Rest in peace, Ada

Love Jan

Ada is my second cousin three times removed.


Tombstone Tuesday – March 24, 2020 – Elizabeth Mary Densmore Carrier


Elizabeth M. Densmore was born on August 24, 1857 in Essex County, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Louise (Reynolds) Densmore . In the 1861 Canadian Census, Elizabeth is listed as 4 years old and she has a two year old brother, William. John lists his occupation as carpenter and they live in a wood frame home while neighbors list their home as log homes. (Just thought that was an interesting fact to have on the Canadian Census.) By the 1870 Federal Census, John and Sarah have emigrated to America and live in Marine City, Michigan. John lists his occupation as laborer. They now have six children; Mary E. (1857), William (1859), George (1861), Charles (1864), Matilda (1867), Nomer (1869). (Notice that Elizabeth’s Name is Mary E.)

Elizabeth married David Carrier in 1878. In the 1880 Federal Census, David and Lizzie are living in Marine City. David is a sailor. They live on Water Street. In the 1900 Federal Census, David and Elizabeth remain in Marine City. They have six children; Carrie E (1880), Albert ( 1882), Adah (1884), George (1886), David Lloyd (1892), Ruth (1895). David is a Naturalized citizen who immigrated from Canada in 1870. David is a Master on a Steamship. Albert is a sailor working with his father.

By the 1910 Federal Census, David and Elizabeth have moved to Detroit. They live on Fredrick Ave in Detroit’s 5th Ward. They have five children who remain living with them; Carrie, Albert, David, Ruth and Mildred (1902). David (SR) is a sailor on the Great Lakes. Carrie, the oldest daughter, is a seamstress, Albert is a sheet metal worker and David is an order clerk, both sons are working for the Auto Industry, Ruth and Mildred are attending school. In the 1913 City of Detroit directory, Elizabeth is listed as a widow of David Carrier. She lives at 962 Waterloo, Detroit Michigan. In 1918 Detroit Directory, Elizabeth is found on Field Ave in Detroit with most of her adult children.. By 1919, Elizabeth is listed in the Detroit Directory at 782 East Congress and so are most of her children.

In the 1920 Federal Census, Elizabeth is a listed as head of household since the death of her husband David died on September 9, 1911. According to this census, Elizabeth arrive in the US in 1858 and became a citizen in 1860. She has five adult children who live with her. Carrie is now a Machine operator and Albert is a sheet metal worker. They both work for the Auto Industry. David Lloyd is an inspector for a rubber plant, Ruth is a Dictaphone Operator for a Auto dealership and Mildred is a stenographer for a Law office.

In the 1930 Federal Census, Elizabeth’s son Albert is listed as head of household. Elizabeth is seventy-two years old. Two of her adult daughters are still counted in the household; Carrie is forty-nine and not married and not employed. Ruth is a stenographer for an auto company and thirty- four years old.

In the 1940 Federal Census, Elizabeth is living with her daughter Ruth. Elizabeth is 83 years old. They live on Clairmont Avenue with Carrie E and Albert J.

Seventy five years ago today, Elizabeth M Carrier died on March 24, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan at the age of eighty seven. She is buried in Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.


Rest in peace, Aunt Elizabeth!

Love Jan

Elizabeth is my 2nd Great Aunt.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 17, 2020 – Caroline Best Riley


Caroline Best was born in 1842 in Dereham, Oxford, Ontario. She is the daughter of Conrad and Catherine (Loucks) Best. Conrad and Catherine had eight children; Sarah Ann (1824), Miriam (1826), John Landon (1827), Hiram (1830), Thomas (1834), Catherine (1836), William Edward (1839), Caroline (1842). In the 1861 Canadian Census, Caroline is eighteen and the last child living at home with Conrad and Catherine in Oxford, Ontario

Caroline Best married James Riley on August 24, 1862 in Elgin, Ontario.

In the 1870 Federal Census, Caroline and James found in Burnside, Lapeer County, Michigan. They have three sons; James (1863), Thomas (1865), and George (1867). Caroline’s husband, James, is a farmer in Burnside Township, Lapeer County, Michigan.

One hundred and forty eight years ago today, Caroline died at the age of 30. She is buried in Fox Cemetery, Burnside Township, Lapeer County, Michigan.  At this time her cause of death is unknown.


Rest in peace, Caroline

Love, Jan

Caroline is my 4th Great Grand Aunt.

Tombstone Tuesday – March 10, 2020 – Jesse Denney


Jesse Denney was the son of Rolandis and Elizabeth Jane (Bell) Denney.  He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 20, 1883.  Rolandis and Elizabeth Denney had nine children; Elva (1872), Francis (1874), Nellie (1876), Arlena (1878), Bessie (1880), Jesse (1883), Lucy (1887), Celia (1889), Milo (1892).  In the 1900 Federal Census, Jesse is 16 years old and working as a farm laborer most likely for his father who is a farmer. The census record indicate that the four youngest children, Jesse, Lucy, Celia and Milo, are still living at home.

Jesse Denney married Luretta B. Nickleson on March 30, 1906 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In a 1914 Fort Wayne Directory, Jesse and Luretta live at 1317 Michigan Avenue and his occupation is listed as “teammster”. By 1918, when Jesse register for the draft for WWI, Jess , Luretta and their children have moved to Tipton, Michigan.  He states that his birthday is 1883, contrary to the year listed on his tombstone of 1884.  He indicates that he is working for Charles Pangburn and that he is a farmer.  He also indicate that the address of his employer is Webster Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana but his address is in Michigan.


In the 1920 Federal Census, Jesse and his family are living in Franklin, Michigan. He and Loretta have six children; Mary (1907), Addie(1909), Walter (1911), Flossie Mae (1913), Thelma (1916) and Robert (1920). Jesse lists his occupation as farmer. By the 1930 Federal Census, Jesse and Loretta are living in Macon, Lenawee County, Michigan. They have have six children who remain at home with two daughter who were born after the 1920 Census; W Walter, Flossie Mae, Thelma M., Robert O, Annabelle (1922), Ruth F. (1924).

By the time of the WWII draft registration Jesse is living in Yoder, Indiana working for George Irmscher & Sons, Inc. on Taylor Street in Fort Wayne.


Seventy three years ago today, March 10, 1947, Jesse Denney died in Fort Wayne, Indiana of a coronary occlusion based on his death certificate.

Jesse Denney

Jesse was buried in the Uniontown Cemetery in Wells County, Indiana near Zanesville.

UniontownChurch of Christ

Rest in peace, Jesse

Love. Jan

Jesse Denney was my first cousin three times removed.







Tombstone Tuesday – March 3, 2020 – Glenn Harold Boyer


Glenn Harold Boyer was born on June 12, 1896 in Thetford Township, Michigan. He was the son of Austin Levi and Mary Florence (White) Boyer. Austin and Mary had four children; Mae Eveleen (1883), Henry (1887), Glenn (1896), Austin (1905).

In the 1900 Federal Census, Glenn was three years old and is found with his parents and two older siblings, Mae and Henry. His father, Austin, was a farmer in Thetford Township, Genesee County, Michigan. In 1901, Glenn’s older brother Henry died due to an appendix rupture at the age of thirteen. In the 1910 Federal Census, Glenn is found with his Mother, Mary Florence and his younger brother Austin Rex. Glenn’s father had died in in 1908 and Mary Florence has listed her occupation as a Florist and Gardener. She and her husband had a flower shop and grew flowers in green houses in Clio, Michigan.

On February 9, 1918, Glenn is a Private in the Army when he ships out to France with Company E, 125th Infantry leaving out of Hoboken, New Jersey. By the time of his return, he is a corporal in the Army, Company C ,107th Supply Train, 32nd Division. He is honorably discharged on May 18, 1919. According to the US Army Transport Service documents, Glenn H Boyer left Brest, France on May 7, 1919 bound for Newport News Virginia. He lists Mary F. Boyer at 126 McClellan St. , Flint, Michigan as his emergency contact. He arrives and is discharged eleven days later.

The Federal Census for 1920 was recorded on the 8th of January, 1920. Glenn is living with his mother, Mary F who lived on Baker Street in Flint with two of her granddaughters, Lillian and Florence,  and several boarders. Glenn is twenty three years old and worked for the Auto Industry as a tool maker. He has been home from the Army for about seven months.

Six months later, Glenn Harold Boyer married Elizabeth Margaret Klier on July 4, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan.


Glenn Harold and Elizabeth Boyer

Glenn and Elizabeth had five children; Glenn H. (1920), Kenneth C. (1924), Dorothy Elizabeth (1927-1927), Ralph Austin (1928), Keith C. (1930).

In the 1930 Federal Census, Glenn and his wife Elizabeth live in Flint on Grace Lawn Avenue. They have four sons living with them ; Glenn, Kenneth, Ralph and Keith. Glenn is a mechanic and works for Buick. By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Glenn and Elizabeth remain on East Grace Lawn Ave and all four sons are still living at home with their parents. Glenn is a machine operator at Buick.  Elizabeth’s  nephew, Walter Klier, also lives with Boyer family. He is 22 years of age.

In 1945, after 29 years of working for Buick, Glenn went to work as a supervisor for the Michigan School for the Deaf where he worked until his death in 1962, according to his Obit.


Fifty eight years ago today, Glenn Harold died in Flint. He is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery.


Rest in Peace, Glenn!

Love, Jan

Glenn is my 2nd Great Uncle.